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After shoving match, Nabong says Jones flops all the time

MANILA, Philippines – Add Kelly Nabong to the list of San Miguel players whom TNT import Terrence Jones had a physical encounter with in the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals. Nabong and Jones were involved in a brief shoving match late in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series that saw ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerAug 12th, 2019

Tiger Woods and US team rally to win Presidents Cup again

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — High emotions, fierce hugs from Tiger Woods, this time as a winner both ways in the Presidents Cup. Woods capped off a big year that began with his 15th major at the Masters by playing and leading his U.S. team to another victory in the Presidents Cup on Sunday at Royal Melbourne. The first playing captain in 25 years, he opened the 12 singles matches by beating Abraham Ancer to set the Presidents Cup record with his 27th match victory, and set the tone for the rest of his team. The scoreboard was filled with American red scores all day as they rallied from a two-point deficit to win the Presidents Cup for the eighth straight time against an International team that faltered at the worst time. Matt Kuchar delivered the clinching putt, a 5-footer for birdie that assured him a halve against Louis Oosthuizen and gave the Americans the 15 1/2 points they needed to win. “For us to be in a hole, to come back and win this thing ... to win it as a team, but to do it with Tiger Woods as our captain was just a huge thrill,” Kuchar said. They result was 16-14, and at least this one was a contest. The U.S. victory two years ago at Liberty National was so resounding that it nearly ended on Saturday. International captain Ernie Els was determined to turn it around. He created a new logo for the International team. He relied heavily on analytics. It still wasn't enough. “I followed a plan, and it didn't quite work out, but we came damn close,” Els said. “If you compare our team on paper with other teams in other sport, you would have laughed us out of the building. But we gave it a hell of a go and we came mightily close to winning and upsetting one of the greatest golf teams of all time.” Els thought back to Friday, when the Americans won two matches with birdies on the 18th hole and rallied to halve another to keep the International lead from growing. On Sunday, all he saw was U.S. momentum that couldn't be stopped. “We gave you everything we had," Els said to Woods at the closing ceremony. “You were the better team.” Woods hugged everyone hard, players and vice captains alike, wearing a smile not seen since he walked off the 18th green at Augusta National after becoming a Masters champion again after injuries that nearly ended his career. “We relied on one another as a team, and we did it — together,” Woods said, his voice choked slightly with emotion. “This cup wasn't going to be given to us. We had to go earn it. And we did.” Els fashioned the youngest International team from a record nine countries from everywhere outside Europe and took a 10-8 lead into the final day, the first time it had the edge in 16 years. It wasn't enough. Patrick Reed, whose caddie was benched for shoving a fan who had cursed Reed from close range Saturday, built a 6-up lead through seven holes before eventually putting away C.T. Pan to win for the first time this week. Webb Simpson, who played with Reed as they lost all three team matches, never trailed in beating Byeong Hun An. Everyone on the U.S. team contributed something. With so much red on the board, Tony Finau might have been his team the biggest boost. He was 4 down through 10 holes against Hideki Matsuyama, won the next four holes and earned a half-point. It came down to the final hole in South Korea four years ago. This time, the Americans were assured of a tie if the Internationals were to win the last three matches, creating at least a little drama. But it was a familiar ending. The Americans now are 11-1-1 in an event that began in 1994. “It's hard to digest,” said Adam Scott, who has played in nine Presidents Cup without ever winning. “It's incredibly disappointing but ... I like where this team is going, and I'll be working really hard now to be on the team in two more years.” The only International victory was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, and several players from that team came to Australia this week to conjure up good vibes. It only worked for so long. The Americans won the singles session for the first time since 2009. Most years, their lead was so big it wasn't critical. This time it was. They hadn't trailed since 2003 in South Africa, the year of the tie. So inspired was the American play that none of their six singles victories made it to the 18th hole. The last two matches were halved, and the 8-4 advantage in singles matched the record for the largest Sunday margin since the Americans won 8-4 in the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1994. The next Presidents Cup is in 2021 at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. In the meantime, the Americans will try to get on another team and win back the Ryder Cup, which gives them far more trouble......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Who can stop Terrence Jones?

Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals went the way of TNT. It wasn’t even close. The top-ranked KaTropa demolished San Miguel Beer Sunday at the Big Dome, taking an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 titular showdown. As per customary in the PBA Finals, By the Numbers is back. Let’s break this one down.   7 Total number of triples connected by TNT in the opening quarter of these Finals. The KaTropa hot right from the start, using a barrage from rainbow country to create early separation from the Beermen. TNT ended up with 13 triples in Game 1, definitely slowing down after a hot first quarter. But the work was doen and the KaTropa have a 1-0 lead for it.   16 Total points for Terrence Jones in the first quarter. The leading Best Import candidate wasted little time announcing his presence in these Finals, dominating in the first 12 minutes to help TNT score a Game 1 knockout. Jones finished with 41 points in the win on top of 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.   4 At least four individual defenders from the Beermen took on Jones one-on-one in an effort to slow the TNT import down. San Miguel started with Christian Standhardinger on Jones, then Arwind Santos took on the assignment. The first quarter wasn’t even done when Kelly Nabong tried to give it a go before Chris Ross took it upon himself to guard Jones. Safe to say, at least for Game 1, San Miguel defenders got waxed by Jones in a sensational performance. How can the Beermen adjust for Game 2? That we’ll find out.   20 Total unanswered points for TNT in the first to second quarters of Game 1 that completely turned the tide in their favor. Down 17-19, the KaTropa unloaded 18 straight points to end the opening period to take a 35-19 lead. They then scored the first basket of the second quarter to complete their run and they never looked back, cruising for a 13-point victory.   9 Total turnovers for San Miguel import Chris McCullough. The Beermen had a lot of problems in Game 1, including lack of local support aside from June Mar Fajardo. But if San Miguel will be forced to rely on McCullough, who is still scoring almost at will in these playoffs, the least that could happen if for him to limit his turnovers and not disrupt his own team’s momentum. The Beermen had 18 turnovers in Game 1, half from their import. Game 2 is on Wednesday at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

Report: Tyus Jones signs offer sheet with Grizzlies

NBA.com staff report Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones has signed a three-year, $24-million offer sheet with the Grizzlies, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Timberwolves RFA Tyus Jones has agreed to a contract offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2019 The Timberwolves, who took Jones with the 24th pick out of Duke in the 2015 draft, will have 48 hours to match. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! Jones is averaging 5.1 points and 3.3 assists in his NBA career. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

No extra drama needed for Nuggets, Blazers in Game 7

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com DENVER -- All the posturing you can muster won’t win you this all-important game. No amount of name-calling, shoving, screaming, shouting or tough guy antics and gestures will save you when it’s all on the line in Game 7 of the NBA playoffs. And there are enough guys playing for both the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers that know it, even if most of them have only observed a Game 7 from the stands or even further afar. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] It’s a simple proposition, these Game 7 affairs. You win, you play on. Your season continues and all of the goals you set are still attainable. You lose, you’re done. None of the things you believed in before that last opening tip of the season remain. Pack up your stuff and head home for the summer. That’s the reality, the fate both the Nuggets and Trail Blazers are facing Sunday afternoon (Monday morning, PHL time) at Pepsi Center, the all-important Game 7 showdown in the Western Conference semifinals that will define one team’s season and render the other’s mute. There’s a finality to it, a certain air of drama that cannot be found anywhere else in the postseason. So it doesn’t matter if you have “sassy *** dudes, frontrunners,” as Blazers reserve guard Seth Curry put it after things got chippy late in Game 6 Thursday night (Friday, PHL time), one side or broadcast talent on the other taking cheap and unnecessary shots at injured Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, Sunday afternoon's (Monday, PHL time) business is an up-and-down affair for all involved. Win and you play on or lose and you’re done. “I’m looking forward to Game 7,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Games 7s are special.” No extracurricular activity from either side will change that fact. “Both teams want to win the game,” said Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. “Basketball is an emotional game. Of course, we’re going to talk trash or whatever. Both teams just want to win the game.” That doesn’t mean you don’t look for every advantage possible to help fuel your cause. Blazers big man Zach Collins played a huge role in making sure this series found its way to Game 7, joining Rodney Hood in providing a huge boost off the bench in Game 6. And it was more than just his season-high 29 minutes and playoff career-high 14 points and five blocks. It was his physicality and activity around the rim and in the paint on both ends of the floor, his refusal to allow the Nuggets to find a groove. “We’ve just got to go in and keep playing our game,” Collins said. “I said it after the game, [Denver] has been way too comfortable for a lot of games in this series and [in Game 6] we made them a little uncomfortable. We just need to continue that, regardless of if it’s a Game 7 or not. Obviously, it’s win or go home for both teams. It’s going to be very difficult, especially in [Denver] to go in and get a win, but we can do it.” The Nuggets leaned on their sterling 34-7 record at Pepsi Center during the regular season, the best home mark in the league, as a confidence booster two weeks ago. “We have the best home court advantage in the NBA,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We’re going to rely on that once again and try to close it out in Game 7.” The Nuggets owning that recency advantage: they needed a Game 7 win here to survive the San Antonio Spurs in the first round, means something. The game and that series provided lessons Malone’s postseason rookies need to tap into this time around, even if they don’t realize it now. “It’s weird,” Nuggets guard Jamal Murray said. “Everybody keeps talking about experience. And I just want to say that we’ve been here before. [We go] back home and regroup like we did for San Antonio, come back with energy and just … be ready to play. I think we had too many lapses [in Game 6]. Dame [Lillard] felt really comfortable, he wasn’t comfortable last time, so we need to be tougher on him … like I said, just regroup, come back and get a win.” If only it was that simple. The pressure to get out of the first round is one thing. The opportunity to make the conference finals is a different monster. The Nuggets last played in a conference final in 2009, when Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Nene led the way. That group had a mix of seasoned pros who had championship (Billups) and extensive experience (Billups and Martin) competing on a championship level, to go along with younger and emerging superstar talent like Anthony. And they were ultimately no match for the Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol-led Los Angeles Lakers. So these current Nuggets are well within their right to acknowledge the very real anxiety that comes with a game of this magnitude. “No nerves, “Jokic said. “I just felt something different the first game of the playoffs because it was something different. Just because we call it the playoffs, Besides that, everything else is the same.” The Blazers haven’t seen a Game 7 since a 2003 first-round series against Dallas. But they do not believe the absence of experience in this case makes any bit of difference. “It’s just another game -- a game we want to win, obviously,” Blazers guard CJ McCollum said. “We understand what’s at stake. Somebody’s got to go home. Somebody’s got to go to Cabo, go to Cancun, as Chuck [Barkley] would say. For us, it’s go out there and compete, find the coach’s game plan, understanding that it’s going to be a pretty hostile crowd and they’ll be confident at home, but we’ve got to bring the energy and pressure just like we did [in Game 6].” Damian Lillard has guided his team this far and promised to stick to the basics in the days and hours leading up to the game. Rested bodies and minds are crucial. “The number one thing is have our minds right,” he said. “Don’t overthink, don’t make some big crazy deal or anything like that. We’re going to play a basketball game. It’s a big game and we’ve won on their floor before and we know what type of mentality we had when we did that. We’ve got to go out there, be tough, be physical, be sharp in our scouting report, play for each other, play with each other on both ends and just put the pressure on them. “Make them earn everything on their offensive end and then when we get the ball, make sure that we get shots up,” Lillard continued with his simple but extremely detailed breakdown of what needs to be done. “Value every possession, don’t go out there turning the ball over, playing into their hands where they get an opportunity to get their crowd involved. So that has to be our mentality, to just be sharp, be physical, go in there ready to take the game, because the only way it’s going to happen is us going in there and taking it.” It’s a Game 7, after all, no extra drama needed. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

UAAP Big Guns Kobe Paras and Soulemane Chabi Yo Start Swim Season in Style

The basketball season may be over, but two of the athletes from UAAP Season 82’s Mythical Five, Kobe Paras and Soulemane Chabi Yo, are back—this time, for swim season! With summer upon us, H&M is kick-starting swim season with a brand-new men’s swim collection that will be available in all H&M stores nationwide starting February 13, 2020. UP’s Kobe Paras, H&M’s first-ever Filipino local male ambassador, returns for the brand along with another UAAP superstar: Season 82 Men’s Basketball MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo of the UST Growling Tigers. Together, they’ll be the faces—and the bods—of H&M’s much-anticipated swimwear collection. The collection includes a wide variety of pieces that’ll fit any and all styles. So whether you’ll be hanging out on the beach or lounging by the pool, you can mix and match H&M’s great selection of swim shorts, tops, and accessories to create the perfect swim outfits. And with the brand’s commitment to offer fashion and quality at the best price, you can get your hands on swim shorts for as low as ?599 and tops at ?899! Start gearing up for swim season with H&M! For more information on this all-new men’s swim collection, follow the official Facebook page of H&M and the hashtags #SwimEscapeforHM and #KOBEforHM......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 39 min. ago

It s a wrap : No more dunk contest for Aaron Gordon after falling short again

After falling short 197-198 in the final round against Derrick Jones Jr. on Saturday (Sunday Manila time), the Orlando Magic star says "no more"......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

WATCH: Derrick Jones tops All-Star dunk delights

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr captured the Slam Dunk Contest by beating out Orlando Magic big man Aaron Gordon in a six-dunk display in the NBA All-Stars on Saturday, February 15 (Sunday, February 16, Philippine time) "It was great, a great competition," said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

Ateneo stamps class on winless Letran to sweep PCCL 2020 elims

On the back of a 30-4 third quarter onslaught, Ateneo de Manila University pounded on Colegio de San Juan de Letran and powered its way to the Final Four of the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League. From a tied tally at 35-all at the half, the Blue Eagles rang off 20 unanswered points that eventually ended as a convincing 79-61 victory, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. As always, the UAAP champions got contributions from up and down the roster, with Dwight Ramos and Troy Mallillin showing the way this time around with the former finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists and the latter ending with 16 markers and six boards of his own. Still, they were actually chasing down the newly crowned kings of the NCAA after one and a half quarters before Ramos sparked a late charge to end the first half. And coming out of halftime, Ateneo just turned it up a notch and only allowed two makes on defense while burning down the nets on offense. Letran would never recover and saw its campaign come to a close without a win. The undefeated Blue Eagles now await the winner of the Visayas-Mindanao group for a semifinal showdown scheduled on March 7 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. SJ Belangel chipped in 10 points as they ran through the gauntlet of UAAP and NCAA Finalists without a loss. Pao Javillonar fronted the effort for the Knights with 15 points. Without Larry Muyang and Ato Ular in this one, however, they didn't have enough firepower to match up with the Blue Eagles. BOX SCORES ATENEO 79 - D. Ramos 16, Mallillin 16, Belangel 10, Credo 8, Daves 6, Fornilos 6, Kouame 5, Tio 5, Navarro 4, Mamuyac 2, E. Ramos 1, Chiu 0, P. Maagdenberg 0, Berjay 0, E. Maagdenberg 0. LETRAN 61 - Javillonar 15, Fajarito 10, Yu 9, Brutas 6, Mina 5, Pambid 5, Guarino 5, Rocacurva 4, Reyson 2, Ambohot 0, Banez 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-16, 35-35, 65-39, 79-61. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: UE dominates collegiate fencing anew

University of the East reigned supreme in the men's division for the eighth straight year while its women's squad regained the throne Friday in the UAAP Season 82 collegiate fencing tournament at the Paco Arena. The Red Warriors bested Ateneo de Manila University, 45-42, in the men's team foil finals to complete a five-gold, one-silver medal haul for their 14th title overall. Sammuel Tranquilan exited UE as a winner, capturing his third straight MVP award.. "Marami naman tayong mga rising stars na parating. Tuloy-tuloy naman kaming nagte-training mula sa ilalim. Yung transition talaga namin, malalim," said UE coach Amatov Canlas. A good example is Rookie-MVP winner Queendenise Dalmacio, who led the Lady Warriors in collecting four golds, one silver, and three bronze medals to claim a league-best 13th crown. "Actually, magkaka-batch iyan. Sina Queen at Sam (Catantan). Sabay-sabay iyan noong time na ni-recruit ko sila noong mga bata pa talaga ang mga iyan," said Canlas, who also handled the national team that won two gold medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. "Tumaas din ang level ni Queen magmula noong nakapasok siya sa national team. Naglaro siya ng SEA Games kaya iba na ang mental toughness niya," he added. The 20-year old Dalmacio was impressive, especially in ruling the women's individual saber event on the second day of competition. "Hindi ko nga inaasahan na magiging Rookie-MVP siya. Deserved naman niya talaga iyan," said Canlas. UE topped De La Salle University, 45-36, in the women's team epee Finals and returned in the afternoon with a 45-19 conquest of University of Santo Tomas in the women's team saber gold medal match. "Happy ako sa performance ng team. Taon-taon naman ganito ang nangyari," said Canlas. The Blue Eagles finished second in the men's side with a 1-3-2 haul, while the Green Archers had a 0-1-5 tally in third place. De La Salle took the runner-up honors with 1-2-1, while last season's champion Ateneo settled for third with 1-1-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

ONE Championship: Honorio Banario motivated to maintain Team Lakay s hot start

After witnessing his teammates nearly sweep their assignments at ONE: FIRE & FURY, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario is inspired to keep up.  The Team Lakay star returns to the featherweight division when he takes on Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai of Thailand at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 28 February. “After the Manila card, I even got more motivated with the way the team performed. I want to follow it up with [more] good news – continue our winning ways this 2020,” Banario said.  “But aside from the win, I also want to maximize all the lessons that the team gained in Manila. I watched them closely, and I know that will help me achieve my goal in Singapore.” The outstanding result in Manila was a stark contrast to their team’s start in 2019, where they lost four World Titles in a span of three months.  Banario thinks the results in Manila is proof there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel, no matter the struggles.  “On that card, it proved that with focus and determination, good results will come. We are all training hard every day to reach our dreams as an athlete and as a person, and I know that it’s never too late to reach that,” Banario said. “I also understand that we won’t be winning all the time, but the most important thing is growth in each match.” Growth is something Banario needs to show to end his three-match skid.  The Mankayan, Benguet native is confident he has learned from all his previous setbacks, and with momentum on his team’s side, he has no plans of letting up.  “I am even more eager now to win because I want to continue the team’s winning ways. I also want to show how dedicated I am even during my struggles in the past,” Banario said. “It will be far from easy against Shannon, but I believe that if you are confident and prepared, a win is attainable.” Will Banario carry on his team’s winning ways? Find out at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE on 28 February at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang assures fans he s staying put

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang’s last match left more questions than answers about the career of the three-time ONE Lightweight World Champion.  But when it comes to the question of retirement, Folayang has a definitive answer – he is not going anywhere. “Landslide” dropped his third match in four outings against Pieter "The Archangel" Buist at ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January at the Mall Of Asia Arena. However, it is not the end for the Team Lakay representative. “I’ll return. I’ll definitely return. I think there’s more to unleash,” Folayang said.  “It’s not like I was trashed in the Circle. I gave it my all and the difference between us wasn’t far. It was not a definitive loss at all.”  The 36-year-old even gave himself a passing mark after the match, noting that he was in the contest before the Dutchman stole the match in the third round.  Folayang does have a point.   Buist’s seven-inch height advantage over the Filipino was evident the moment they stood face-to-face in the Circle, but the Filipino legend was not intimidated.  For two rounds, Folayang bravely cut Buist down to size, mixing in his deadly striking with well-timed takedowns to frustrate “The Archangel.”  Things went south in the third round, but “Landslide” believes the final canto was not a representation of his overall performance. “I think I would give myself a seven. I thought I adjusted well in the first two rounds. It was only in the third round when I struggled,” Folayang said.  “I wasn’t expecting the head kick, I could have evaded it. I wish I had more time to spar against bigger opponents.” Things will not get easier for the pride of the highlands. To get to the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion, Christian “The Warrior” Lee, Folayang has to go through big names such as Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev, Timofey Nastyukhin, Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, and Iuri Lapicus – all of whom are hungry for gold.  It is a journey “Landslide” plans to take as he believes retirement – though a natural transition for athletes – will just have to wait.  “Retirement is not yet in our vocabulary because we’re still here. You cannot tell a fish to stop swimming. I am in the world of martial arts and if ever I retire, I am still going to be here,” Folayang said.  “But my mind is still in the competitive stage. I am not in the point where I want to focus on being a coach or a trainer. I know I’ll be headed there somewhere, so why rush?.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

UAAP 82: NU preserves unbeaten card in girls’ beach volleyball

Nazareth School of National University bested University of Santo Tomas, 21-19, 22-20, in a duel of undefeated teams in the girls' division of the UAAP Season 82 high school beach volleyball tournament Saturday at the Sands SM by the Bay. The Lady Bullpups were trailing, 18-19, late in the second frame when Epa scored two straight kills to take the lead. Epa and Chantal Rodriguez then stayed composed against the Junior Tigresses pair of Vanessa Bangayan and Jullana Carreon to steer the Bustillos-based squad to a perfect 3-0 card. UST lost for the first time in four matches to slip in second place. De La Salle-Zobel moved up to third at 2-1, as Irah Jaboneta and Gerzel Petallo overcame a slow second set start to beat Ateneo's Celina Vergeire and Ady Lasala, 21-7, 21-17, . In the lone girls' match that went the distance, Adamson University's Mary Grace Borromeo and Ayesha Juegos rallied from a set down to beat Far Eastern University-Diliman's Nikka Medina and Alexandra Jungco, 17-21, 21-18, 15-10, for a 2-2 card in fourth place. FEU suffered its second loss in three matches to tie idle University of the East in fifth spot, while Ateneo remained winless in four games. In the Boys' Division, the Tiger Cubs won two matches to clinch the first Final Four berth. UST's Jay Rack dela Noche and Alexander Iraya made quick work of De La Salle-Zobel's Andrei Espejo and Leinuel Crisostomo, 21-13, 21-19, and returned in the afternoon with a 21-12, 17-21, 15-12 victory over NSNU's Jann Mark Pijo and Reymark Reyes for a 5-0 record. FEU-Diliman moved closer in securing a place in the semis as Jerold Talisayan and Carl Cabatac defeated UP Integrated School's Brett Borja and Miguel Castro, 21-14, 21-9, and Adamson University's Jefferson Marapoc and Evander Novillo, 22-20, 21-14. The Baby Tamaraws rose to 4-1. UE seized solo third at 3-2 as Francis Babon and JM Apolinario outlasted Adamson University's Marapoc and Novillo, 21-15, 16-21, 15-12, and Ateneo's Mikka Mendoza and Anjo Almadro, 21-6, 21-15. Almadro substituted Giulian San Juan in the first set. Espejo and Crisostomo, who replaced John Lituania earlier in the day, were able to gain a split following a 21-3, 21-7 romp of the Junior Maroons. The Junior Green Spikers forced a four-way tie with the Bullpups, the Blue Eaglets and the Baby Falcons in fourth spot at 2-3. In the other morning match, NSNU downed Ateneo, 21-10, 21-15......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is feeling good

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thirty years after his startling victory against boxing titan Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas is feeling healthy and basking in the glory he says he was denied at the time. “Right now, everything is looking up,” Douglas said in a recent Associated Press interview, noting he struggles with diabetes. “Feeling good and the numbers are good. It's a good thing.” The 59-year-old fighter will be celebrated at an anniversary gala Friday in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he'll raise money for programs that help others who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. His stable of students throughout Columbus' parks and recreation system look up to the man they call simply “coach” as a teacher, friend and hero. “I mean, I really look up to Mike Tyson, but I don't look up to him as much as Coach," said 11-year-old Colton Matson, who has worked with Douglas since he was 6. “Really, Mike Tyson was the second-most greatest boxer in the world still to this day. It's crazy that Coach, like, just beat him," he said. "It might have just been luck, but I can tell you that Coach worked hard for it even if it was luck.” Tyson was the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and a frightening opponent to boot, when he entered the ring against James “Buster” Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Only one Las Vegas bookie — whether brave or stupid — would set odds on the fight: 42 to 1. Douglas won, stunning the sports world. But what followed was anything but a celebration. Tyson and fight promoter Don King challenged Douglas' victory, claiming Douglas had gone down first in the fight but been given more time than allowed to get up. Douglas' victory was ultimately upheld, but not before months of drama and expensive litigation. “Don came at me with a vengeance and I was subpoenaed everywhere I went to," Douglas said. "It made it very uncomfortable and kind of took the ‘f’ out of fun.” A message was left at a phone number for King. Tyson didn't respond to an interview request. He told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in 2015 that it was “Buster's anniversary” to celebrate, not his. Tyson said the loss was a positive for him in the end, allowing him to learn how to “overcome adversity.” The two have barely crossed paths since the fight. The dispute over the fight's outcome — combined with lingering grief over his mother's death shortly before the fight — sent Douglas into a slump, he said. “Believe it or not, I was where I really didn't care about anything,” he recalled. “Something I always looked forward to becoming one day and then you get it and it turns into a nightmare really quick.” Douglas said he was almost relieved when Evander Holyfield knocked him out in the third round of their match-up a little over eight months later, taking the title. “It was a relief and then it was upsetting, too, because of how it all came to an end,” Douglas said. A short reign, with a long legacy. The fight is still remembered as one of the most spectacular upsets in sports history. Douglas' story gained new attention with the 2018 release of an ESPN documentary, titled "42 to 1" after the odds against Douglas. Douglas has given his charity effort the same name and formed an ongoing strategic partnership aimed at delivering several programs focused on workforce development, diversity and soft skills training to at-risk youth. He said working with kids is one of his favorite things to do. Inside a training ring at Columbus' Thompson Community Center, Douglas towers over most of his students, chanting, “Left, right, left, right, left, left” as they punch away at the pads on he wears on his hands in place of gloves. He said he gave up on his life and health for a period after the fight. In 1996, he woke up in a hospital on death's door. Again, life presented him a mountain to overcome. “A light bulb came on. It was either get back into life or cash it on in,” he said. “I decided to get back into life.” He staged a six-fight comeback before retiring from boxing in 1999, then launched into his work with the city of Columbus. Students say he's kind, tough, generous and “very genuine.” It's all enhanced by what he accomplished in 1990. “It really inspires me that he beat the best boxer in the world back then,” Matson said, "and I just think that's awesome.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Altas secure Final Four seat

Unbeaten two-time defending champion University of Perpetual Help made quick work of San Beda University, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22, to punch a semifinals ticket in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Friday. Needing only 66 minutes to wrap up the match, the Altas banked on top Most Valuable Player contenders Louie Ramirez and Ronniel Rosales to capture their seventh win in as many games to join the other undefeated team Emilio Aguinaldo College in the next round. Ramirez piled up 17 kills in his 19-point outing to pace the Las Pinas-based squad while Rosales had 12 markers off six attacks, five of Perpetual’s 12 kill blocks and an ace. Hero Austria displayed his all-around game with nine points, seven digs and 18 excellent receptions for Perpetual, which can secure a twice-to-beat advantage with another victory or go straight to the Finals if it sweeps its last two assignments against EAC on Monday and Letran on Friday. The Red Spikers slid to a 3-4 record that put San Beda on the brink of missing the cut for the last two Final Four seats. Skipper Melvar Lapurga was the only San Beda player in double figures with 11 points. In women’s play, the Lady Red Spikers broke the Lady Altas’ five-game winning streak with a dominating 25-20, 25-19, 25-16, win to tie its victim at third to fourth. Cesca Racraquin fired 18 points showing her well-rounded scoring prowess with 13 spikes, three aces and a pair of kill blocks for San Beda, which improved to a 5-2 slate. Racraquin added six excellent receptions for the Lady Red Spikers.    Nieza Viray got 14 markers while Kim Manzano and Trisha Paras combined for 16 points as San Beda won its second straight. Perpetual lost the fire that brought them a string of success including a five-set win over three-time defending champion Arellano University last week. The Lady Altas’ guns went quiet with Jhona Rosal scoring only seven points while Bianca Tripoli only had four markers under her name.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

Former champion Dwight Howard leads field in 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2020 – Former Slam Dunk champion Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers returns to the competition for the first time in 11 years as he headlines the field of four players who will take flight in the 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk on Saturday, Feb. 15 (Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Philippines) at the United Center in Chicago. Howard is joined by two previous second-place finishers, Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat, as well as first-time participant Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks. The 35th AT&T Slam Dunk is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which also features the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and the MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest.  All-Star Saturday Night will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 8 p.m. ET.  NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. Howard, the 2008 Slam Dunk champion, will compete in the event for the first time since 2009, when he made the last of three consecutive appearances.  Gordon’s dazzling runner-up performance in 2016 included three straight perfect scores of 50.  Jones Jr., who turns 23 on the same day as AT&T Slam Dunk, finished second in 2017.  Connaughton is seeking to become the first Milwaukee player to win Slam Dunk.  AT&T Slam Dunk takes in place Chicago for the first time since 1988, when the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan memorably outdueled the Atlanta Hawks’ Dominique Wilkins to win his second consecutive Slam Dunk title. Here is a closer look at the 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk participants: • Pat Connaughton, Bucks (1st appearance): The 6-5 guard is in his second season with Milwaukee after spending his first three NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.  Connaughton (CONN-uh-ton) recorded a max vertical leap of 44 inches at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine, tied for the third-highest mark in event history.  He was selected as a pitcher by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. • Aaron Gordon, Magic (3rd appearance): Gordon returns to AT&T Slam Dunk for the first time since 2017.  The 6-9 forward ranks third on the Magic in scoring (13.6 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.2 rpg) in his sixth NBA season. • Dwight Howard, Lakers (4th appearance): Howard is an eight-time NBA All-Star selection, eight-time All-NBA Team selection and three-time Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year.  The 6-10 center ranks 14th in NBA history in both rebounds (13,553) and blocked shots (2,120). • Derrick Jones Jr., Heat (2nd appearance): As a rookie in the 2016-17 season, Jones became the first player to compete in AT&T Slam Dunk and play in the NBA G League in the same season.  Since then, the undrafted Jones has earned a full-time role in the NBA.  Nicknamed “Airplane Mode” for his leaping ability, the 6-7 Jones won a national dunk contest for high school players in 2015.    2020 AT&T Slam Dunk Rules In the two-round event, participants can perform any dunk they choose.  The players have a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk in both the first round and the final round.  Five judges score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30.  The judges will be announced at a later date. All four competitors get two dunks in the first round.  The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks advance to the head-to-head final round.  Both players get two dunks in the final round.  The player with the highest combined score for his two dunks in the final round is crowned the 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk champion.  Click here for a complete explanation of the rules.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs out to boost semis hopes

Three-time defending champion Arellano University guns for a bounce back win and at least a playoff for a Final Four seat in a showdown with Letran in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Holding a 5-1 win-loss record at second spot tied with University of Perpetual Help, the Lady Chiefs march into their 12:00 noon battle hoping to get back on the winning track. Arellano U cruised past its first five assignments before hitting a snag last week when the Lady Chiefs absorbed a 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 12-25, 14-16, defeat at the hands of the Lady Altas in a rematch of last year’s Finals series. Reigning Most Valuable Player Necole Ebuen, Regine Arocha, Princes Bello and Carla Donato are all raring to avenge Arellano U’s loss. But the Lady Knights also have a lot at stake in the match. Letran sports a 3-2 win-loss record at fifth spot behind San Beda University (4-2) and is coming off back-to-back wins including a five-set victory over Lyceum of the Philippines University last Friday. The Lady Knights need to win its remaining games to secure a spot in the semis. Meanwhile, facing off in the juniors’ match are the Braves (6-0) and Squires (4-1) at 8:30 a.m. while the Chiefs (4-2) and Knights (1-4) meet at 10:00 a.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2020

UAAP 82: FEU remains atop High School Boys Football standings

Jacob Garciano made sure that defending, nine-time champion Far Eastern University salvaged a draw against University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 82 High School Boys' Football Tournament, Sunday at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Playing most of the match in the Junior Golden Booters' half, the Baby Tamaraws eventually got a chance after a handball infraction was called on UST at the 71st minute. Garciano took time and calmly drilled the ball past Carl Mesina for the equalizer. "Actually, Jacob started as the defensive midfielder but in the second half he was moved up to striker. He can make the attempts, we just needed to that desire to score more," said FEU-D head coach Park Bobae about Garciano. The draw put FEU still at the top of the table with 11 points, but just a solitary point ahead of National University-Nazareth School who is now in second place after their earlier win against Ateneo High School. Kiann Partosa capitalized on a defensive lapse by the Baby Tamaraws during the waning seconds of the first half for the opening goal. This, despite the Tamaraws having most of the possession. "I think the fact that our senior players Cholo Bugas, Josh Abundio, and others also, are our leaders. There was no leader today, so our young players felt a little bit pressured," lamented Park. UST is still not yet out of the Finals picture despite having just five points and staying in fifth place. Earlier, the Bullpups made strides for a second straight Finals appearance bid, dragging the Blue Eaglets, 2-1. TJ Salgado scored eight minutes into the second period to secure NSNU's second straight victory that catapulted them to second place, breaking a tie with Ateneo. The latter slid to third place still at seven points. John Kenneth Garcia put the Bullpups ahead with a 29th-minute strike before Luard Abaa leveled the match just two minutes after that Garcia goal. FEU-D and NU-NS will battle for the lead on Wednesday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m. UST will try to get another win when they face De La Salle Zobel later that day at 4 p.m.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

MPBL: Bicol secures playoff spot

ANGELES, PAMPANGA – Heading into their 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season match-up against General Santos-Burlington, the Bicol-LCC Stores Volcanoes were downcast. The Volcanoes had just come off arguably their worst outing of the season, falling to lowly squad Rizal-Xentro Mall last Thursday. Needing only one win to secure their place in the playoff picture, Bicol faltered against the Golden Coolers and took a 77-79 loss, leaving their post-season aspirations still hanging in the balance. To show how disappointed he was with the outcome, Volcanoes head coach Mon Kallos skipped their practice the next day. “Sa totoo lang hindi ako gumawa ng gameplan today kasi hindi ako umattend ng practice namin before the game. Sinabi ko sa kanila, masama ang loob ko na hindi naman tayo dapat natalo doon,” shared Kallos. It ended up being a wake-up call to his players as Bicol fended off a late-rally from the Pamboy Raymundo-led General Santos, 65-63, at the Angeles University Foundation here. Maybe it was the Volcanoes' way of apologizing to their mentor. Either way, with the victory, the LCC Stores-backed squad pushed their standing to 16-14 in the South Division. More importantly, the Volcanoes have punched their ticket to the playoffs, leaving the last playoff spot for Cebu and Batangas to fight for. “Kaya sobrang saya namin lahat na nakuha namin ‘to sa Gen San. Hindi ko naman na sila dapat pagalitan kasi alam kong kaya nila e, pinrove nila na talagang magaling silang team, magaling na players,” said Kallos. “Tingin ko yun ang naging wake-up call nila besides, wala akong pre-game talk. Nagsalita lang ako yung nararamdaman ko towards doon sa game namin, yung last game namin,” he added. Upon seeing his players regain their "killer instinct", Kallos believes that the whole squad can sustain it in time for the post-season wars. “Sabi ko sa kanila, grabe ang paniniwala ko at respeto ko sa galing ng team na ‘to kaya sabi ko kahit sinong kalaban natin kaya nating talunin. Oo, tingin ko hanggang playoffs na ‘to.” In other games, Nueva Ecija played the upset role anew, nipping playoff-bound Makati-Super Crunch, 80-74, while Pampanga got another momentum-building victory at the expense of Bacolod-Master’s Sardine, 82-65......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

Judiciary faces PITC in crucial UNTV match

Two-time champion Judiciary and Philippine International Global Trading clash in a virtual do-or-die for the fourth semis berth at the close of the quarterfinal round of the 8th UNTV Cup tomorrow at the Paco Arena in Manila......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

NU sophomores Robles, Cagande to miss UAAP Season 82

National University will miss the services of leading scorer Princess Robles and setter Joyme Cagande but the Lady Bulldogs remain in high spirits for their campaign in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament. Robles failed to meet the eligibility requirement in what should be her second year with NU while Cagande sustained a knee injury last month during a tune-up match. “Nu’ng una talagang siyempre nalungkot kasi ang mindset namin nandoon na papasok na si Joyme ulit. Si Princess, siyempre talagang siya ang nagko-contribute sa team last season,” said incoming sophomore libero Jen Nierva on Wednesday. “Pero ganoon talaga sa team mayroon talagang nangyayari na mga ganoon na unexpected. Yun lang kailangang ready,” added Nierva. Robles, who was the sixth leading scorer last year with an average of 13.5 points per game and Season 81 Best Server is still training with the team but will not be able to suit up because of eligibility issues. “Nagti-training na po siya sa amin,” said Nierva. “For eligibility [hindi siya naka-enroll] but for now enrolled na po siya.” Meanwhile, Cagande, whose debut was cut short last year because of a left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, was supposed to return this year but she unfortunately suffered another knee injury, this time on her right knee, while playing in a tune-up game against College of St. Benilde.      “Pero ang good thing naman po ang right nya stronger than her left,” said Nierva. “Nu’ng first injury kasi nya, yung left nya ‘di na siya nakakatayo after ng surgery and after n’ya ma-injure. ‘Yung right nakalakad pa siya, ganoon ang sabi ng doctor niya.” But despite these early setbacks, NU keeps a positive disposition as the Lady Bulldogs look forward to a better showing this time after just four wins last year.     “After namin nalaman na hindi sila pwedeng maglaro, move forward kaagad,” said Nierva. “[Inisip namin] kung ano ang next? Ano ang gagawin namin? Ano ang adjustments? After that happy ako na ang coaches namin they know what to do. Kung papaano mapupunan ang wala na mas better pa.” Making her return is veteran Risa Sato, who missed last season’s action because of academic issues. Sato’s experience will complement promising young middle Ivy Lacsina for a solid Lady Bulldogs frontline. NU will also introduce Congolese 6-foot-2 open spiker Margot Mutshima Kabasu and new starting setter rookie Renee Mabilangan. The Lady Bulldogs finished in sixth place last season with a 4 - 10 card.  --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020